Building Secure Wireless LAN

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Building Secure Wireless LAN
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Table of Contents

Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 3
Holistic Security Approach .................................................................................................... 3
Deploying a Secure WLAN ................................................................................................... 4
Wireless Privacy ...................................................................................................................... 4
Authentication ....................................................................................................................... 6
Client Management and NAC ............................................................................................ 7
Identity Based Access Control ............................................................................................. 7
Network Firewall and Intrusion Detection and Protection ................................................ 8
Rogue Detection and WIDS ................................................................................................. 9
Security Reporting and Security Event Management (SEM) .......................................... 10
Device Physical Security and Data Storage .................................................................... 11
Compliance ......................................................................................................................... 11
The Aerohive Advantage ................................................................................................... 12

Wireless Network Security
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Security of a wireless network still ranks as one of the largest concerns of IT
professionals planning to roll out an enterprise wireless LAN. Many people
erroneously believe that a wireless LAN is inherently insecure. This is largely due to
security flaws in early Wi-Fi protocols like WEP (Wired Equivalency Protocol), more
recent vulnerabilities found in TKIP and lack of awareness as to how to deploy a
secure WLAN. Today the security concerns of the legacy protocols have been
largely eliminated and best practices for secure deployment have been developed
allowing many wireless deployments to be arguably more secure than their wired

When people first think of wireless security they typically first think of things like WEP,
WPA and rogue detection. While these things are an important part of wireless
security, they are only a part of building a secure wireless network.

Wireless security just like wired security has gone through evolutionary improvement
over the years. As security evolved, more capabilities were added to improve the
security of the network and deal with new threats. Today security is more than just a
single feature and instead is a solution and set of practices defined to provide
security for a specific network configuration. This whitepaper will help the wireless
network administrator or security manager to understand the security capabilities in
a modern Wi-Fi solution, where they should be used and how the WLAN integrates
with other security devices in the network. Finally this document will describe how
Aerohive provides a comprehensive and market leading Wi-Fi security solution for
the enterprise.
Holistic Security Approach
Creating a secure wireless network is not only about configuring APs. Many of the
most impactful wireless security practices have nothing to do with the access point.
Figure 1 highlights the major components of a wireless security solution that must be
considered to protect the network and the entire flow of traffic from the client
through the network.

Figure 1. End-to-End Security
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As an administrator installs wireless they should consider the end to end security

• Wireless Privacy and Key Management – using keys to encrypt and secure traffic
transmitted across the air.
• Authentication – identifying users as they come on the network. This means
authenticating employees as well as guests and contractors. Also determining
whether RADIUS, Active Directory or LDAP is used for authentication.
• Client Management and NAC – managing WiFi clients to ensure that they only
connect to the enterprise or safe infrastructure using the correct security settings,
system health and credentials.
• Identity Based Access Control – using the identity of a client to provide access to
the correct VLAN, and allow or deny access to specific applications or resources.
• Network Firewall and Intrusion Detection and Prevention – using existing security
infrastructure to detect and prevent attacks. Once they are on the network and
running applications wireless users pose the same security risks as wired users. So,
traffic from both wired and wireless users should be able to be scrubbed by the
same best in class security devices, whether they are network firewalls, network
antivirus scanners or intrusion detection systems.
• WIDS and Rogue Detection – ensuring that Rogue APs, Rogue Users and DoS attacks
can be detected, located and mitigated.
• Security Reporting and Security Event Management (SEM) – integrating into an
existing SEM system such that it can take logs from the wireless system to enable
correlation with other systems in the network.
• Device Physical Security and Data Storage – ensuring the networking platform itself
is securely implemented so that it cannot be compromised – even if stolen.
• Compliance – ensuring the products deployed and policies enforced are consistent
with the corporate or industry compliance requirements.

Combined correctly, a holistic approach to network security will ensure strong and
consistent security for both wired and wireless users.
Deploying a Secure WLAN
This whitepaper provides a holistic view of Wi-Fi security and provides guidelines that
will enable an enterprise to deploy a wireless network as secure, or more secure
than the wired network. The following components need to be considered in the
Wireless Privacy
The most commonly discussed aspect of wireless security (and arguably the most
important along with authentication) is being able to deliver encrypted access to
the user of the network. There have been several incarnations of wireless privacy
and this section will attempt to clear up any remaining questions or doubts about
wireless privacy.

Wireless Network Security
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At the inception of the 802.11 standard a security mechanism was added to ensure
that traffic sent from clients to the Access Points was secure. This was called WEP
(Wired Equivalency Protocol). Unfortunately WEP was quickly proven to be easily
cracked. In the end the encryption used in WEP (RC4) was fine but the way it
handled keys enabled WEP to be cracked in short order. Many tools from security
researchers have become available that can crack WEP in shorter and shorter
times. With WEP being easy to crack, workarounds emerged to deal with the

Home users that understood the problems with WEP began employing other security
techniques such as disabling broadcasting of the SSID or using MAC filters to allow
only their computers access to the network. For consumers this was usually good
enough, but those security mechanisms are easily bypassed by someone that's
determined to gain access, so they are inadequate for the enterprise. MAC filtering
has significant limitations because a MAC address can be easily spoofed by an
attacker. And while disabling SSID broadcasts does prevent the SSID from being
broadcast in the AP’s beacons, connected clients still send the SSID name in probe
requests so the SSID is easily detected using wireless packet capture or sniffer
software. Another problem with using hidden SSIDs is that they can cause some
devices to have difficulty in roaming and lead to unpredictable client behavior on
the network..

Enterprise customers needed a more secure solution. Companies began treating
the wireless network in the same way they treated the Internet, as an inherently
insecure network. Many separated the wireless from the wired network and only
allowed people into the network via VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunnels just as if
they were traversing the Internet. The controller based Wi-Fi solution also emerged at
this time to help deal with this issue. Instead of risking running WiFi traffic across the
corporate network, the traffic would be tunneled from the AP to a controller in a
DMZ where policy enforcement could be applied. This enabled enterprises to
completely separate Wi-Fi traffic into an overlay network. There were drawbacks to
this approach in the cost, scaling and complexity of deploying controllers, but at
that time it was a way to deliver a more secure wireless network. The concept of
using an overlay network for security purposes is now a dated one due to advances
in wireless encryption protocols, but the details of that comes later.

The IEEE set up the 802.11i task group to develop a secure alternative to WEP but did
not move fast enough to meet the demand for secure WiFi. So the Wi-Fi Alliance (an
industry consortium) created WPA which was a snapshot of the work being done in
the 802.11i. The benefit of WPA was that it could use the same encryption standards
as the original WEP but with a more secure key management protocol called TKIP. It
also enabled the use of AES
encryption which is considered to be more secure than
RC4. Since WPA TKIP could still use the existing WEP RC4 encryption engine most
devices that supported WEP could support WPA via a software update. Since the
creation of TKIP, one major vulnerability has been found (called the Michael MIC
Vulnerability), where TKIP can be cracked in short order if there is no PTK (Pairwise
Temporary Key) rekey. It is recommended that the PTK rekey is set to between 2 and
10 minutes, if the AP supports it, if not TKIP should not be used. Aerohive does support
PTK rekey, and therefore can offer a reasonable degree of security with TKIP. Even

A common myth is that AES is only supported with WPA2 but that is incorrect; AES can also be implemented
with WPA, however many older clients do not support WPA with AES
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so, using TKIP is only recommended with legacy clients and only with short rekey
intervals. WPA using AES is considered to be a vetted and secure standard but it has
several major drawbacks - the most notable of which is that it does not support fast

In order to address the shortcomings of WPA, WPA2 was created. WPA2 was based
upon a later snapshot of 802.11i . WPA2 added a few minor security optimizations
but most importantly it added roaming features to WPA. Because WPA and WPA2
sufficiently resolved the privacy issues with wireless access the use of VPNs were no
longer required and were slowly phased out of most deployments once WPA and
WPA2 were proven to be secure. In addition one of the key security benefits of
tunnels employed by controller based architectures disappeared due to the strong
security now available at the AP.

The WPA and WPA2 security standard comes in two flavors for Wireless: WPA
Personal and WPA Enterprise. WPA Personal uses pre-shared keys where the keys are
manually defined on the client as well as the access point. This is often referred to as
WPA Pre-Shared Keys or WPA-PSK for short. WPA Enterprise utilizes unique keys per
client provided automatically through 802.1X, RADIUS and EAP. In most cases it is
best to use WPA Enterprise mode for businesses because it is easier to manage the
individual user access and is viewed as being more secure because the keys are
dynamically generated for the client and AP at the time of login. Personal mode is
usually only used in the enterprise for specific applications where the client may not
support 802.1x; for example, legacy barcode scanners.

If pre-shared keys must be used there are a couple of things to be aware of when
using them. The reality of security is that every security mechanism is breakable
given enough time. Luckily WPA2 AES is very secure and would take many lifetimes
to crack effectively using modern technology. But, if an overly simple key is defined
it can be vulnerable to a dictionary attack which uses software with a large
database of words to try one word at a time until it finds the right one. A strong
password with numbers, letters, and special characters is extremely difficult to guess
and usually renders dictionary attacks useless. Another big drawback to using pre-
shared keys is that they must be stored on the user’s notebook computer. Since the
notebook is often out of the office it becomes vulnerable to having the keys stolen.
There are several programs that will strip the pre-shared keys from Microsoft Windows
and save them to a USB memory stick enabling an attacker to easily breach the
network. The other significant issue with pre-shared keys is that terminated
employees’ authentication cannot be easily revoked from the network. Updating
keys every time there is a potential leak of the key is very burdensome and in larger
enterprises is unmanageable.

For network administrators that can’t move to a proper 802.1X solution, Aerohive has
implemented a solution called Private PSK that enables each user to have a unique
PSK, which can be individually assigned and revoked which significantly improves
the security and manageability of a PSK deployment.
Once privacy through the air is ensured the next step in ensuring security is
authenticating the user. Far and away the most common form of authentication in
enterprise wireless is 802.1X. 802.1X relies upon RADIUS Extensible Authentication
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Protocol or EAP to mutually authenticate users to the infrastructure at a port/MAC
address level and provide unique keys to each authenticated user that can be
leveraged by WPA or WPA2 to encrypt the traffic. A few WiFi solutions provide the
ability to also leverage Active Directory and OpenLDAP databases for
authentication which can avoid installing an intermediary RADIUS server however
when this is done 801.2X is still employed for the client.

If 802.1X is not used, some organizations just rely on the secrecy of their pre-shared
key to hope that the right users are on the network. Given the flaws in this approach,
security can be enhanced by forcing users to a Captive Web Portal (CWP) where
their authentication credentials are entered and they are authenticated against
RADIUS, LDAP or Active Directory before they are allowed access. MAC-based
authentication can also be used to authenticate the machine, but as discussed
previously, the ability to spoof MAC addresses limits the security of this approach.
Client Management and NAC
While the focus of WiFi security is usually on the AP, the single largest cause of
undetected wireless vulnerabilities is clients. Because clients can be controlled by
less technically sophisticated employees those employees often blunder into
unsecure situations. Controlling client behavior is critical to ensuring a secure
network. Fortunately there are simple solutions to this problem. The two available
technologies that are employed to control client behavior are Client Management
and NAC. Even though these are separate they are often implemented in a single
solution (e.g. Juniper’s (formerly Funk) Odyssey Client within their Unified Access
Control solution).

Client management provides central configuration and control of the WiFi client
software (and sometimes wired client). This makes it easier to centrally manage and
configure end users access to the WiFi network, and it enables the IT department to
control which networks clients can connect to. This solves a whole raft of security
issues like users connecting to unsecured networks, fake APs, and ad-hoc networks.

Network Access Control (NAC) is used for both wired and wireless to determine the
security stance of a client before providing access to the network. This allows control
of what the client can access, how they are connecting, where they are
connecting from and if their system has proper and updated security such as an
updated antivirus signature. It is important that any wireless solution properly
integrate into these systems so clients are managed as part of an entire network for
wired, wireless and remote clients. This allows a greater control of client access well
beyond just what in-line security platforms currently provide.
Identity Based Access Control
Once a client has connected to a network, the next thing to consider is what they
are allowed to do on the network. Providing access to only the resources that an
employee needs to do their job is always a good practice. A strong identity-based
security capability enables the enterprise to granularly define who can access what
resources (VLANs, Applications, Servers), at what time and at what QoS level. In
general users are put into a role via returned RADIUS attributes or Active Directory
group policy, but this also may be done via ESS association, security stance or MAC
OUI. Features like stateful inspection firewall, time-of-day/day-of-week controls,
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traffic segmentation, MAC address filters and MAC address firewall enable an
enterprise to tightly define user access based upon application, destination IP,
source or destination MAC Address, time of day, and VLAN or Tunnel.

Other identity based policy such as QoS policy are important, but that is out of
scope of this whitepaper.
Network Firewall and Intrusion Detection and Protection
So far we have mainly discussed the security issues with getting users onto the
network and to the right resources, but it is also important to be able to monitor and
control the client traffic as it traverses the wired network. Segmentation is clearly
one of the most basic of best practices to keep one type of user traffic separate
from other traffic or applications. This must be done while providing user access to
the needed resources. Between segments often there is a policy enforcement
device that defines what users can and can’t access on other segments. This can
be as simple as a router running a few ACLs or as sophisticated as a full blown
stateful inspection firewall and IPS solution. The practice of segmenting and
enforcing traffic not only improves security, it also makes it easier to manage a large
network of users and simplifies the application of firewall rules.

A properly configured firewall will segment users, control access and traffic, and
provide detailed reporting. The best firewalls that do this for wireless clients are the
same as the best firewalls for a wired network. By leveraging best in class firewalls
from companies like Juniper and Checkpoint you can protect the entire network,
wired and wireless, with a single system that offers more features, is simpler to
manage and easier to troubleshoot than separate firewalls for the wired and
wireless networks. The same is also true for IPS systems, AV gateways and spyware
gateways. This typically allows the use of an existing system without the need for
new equipment and additional training for existing IT staff. This also has the added
benefit of reducing the cost of the wireless deployment.

Some WiFi vendors, including Aerohive, include firewalls embedded in the Wi-Fi
gear. These firewalls are great for providing an additional level of security for wireless
users, or if the Wi-Fi traffic is locally bridged at the AP, enabling access controls to be
enforced before putting the traffic on the switched network.

There are two common ways to segment traffic from a wireless network and one
uncommon way. The most common is clearly VLANs. Trusted and capable, VLANs
leverage the existing switches in the network to provide line-speed performance
while maintaining traffic separation. The beauty of VLANs is that they segment
without obscuring the traffic on the wire. This enables the existing firewall, IPS, and
other policy enforcement systems in place to do their job unhindered. For employee
access VLANs are certainly the most flexible and simplest to deploy. The other
common way to segment is through tunnels. Many AP vendors only support
tunneling to enable segmentation. This approach has some benefits but also some
major drawbacks. The biggest drawbacks are:

Client traffic must traverse the network to get to a tunnel terminator of
some kind (usually a controller in a wireless network) before going to its destination.
This can introduce latency and jitter.

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Client traffic is obfuscated as it crosses the network. Tunneled traffic will
have a new IP header applied that changes the port, protocol, source and
destination IP addresses of the packet. Most policy enforcement devices currently in
the network leverage this information to apply policy. This renders many of the
existing security measures already in the network useless. In addition, many AP
tunnels have an encrypted payload, which totally obfuscates the data within
making it impossible to check packets for viruses and attacks.

The final problem is performance. A tunneled network is only as fast as the
tunnel terminator (or controller). Invariably the tunnel gateway is a bottleneck of
some sort, and the move to 802.11n amplifies this problem. One would often apply
some level of oversubscription to a controller just like you would have in a switched
network, however in a wired network over subscription is often 2-1 or 4-1 with a
controller in a 802.11n network 20-1 oversubscription is not uncommon. Also if MTUs
are not set low enough packets may need to be fragmented further reducing

Clearly tunneling has some significant disadvantages for employee networks,
however tunneling does have its place. A “dirty net” or traffic that is always
destined for the Internet and is treated as an outside network may be tunneled if
VLANs are not feasible. A common example of a dirty net is a guest network. Where
the clients do not adhere to company policy and should not have access to the
corporate network. A VLAN or a tunnel that leads to the Internet is a great way of
taking that traffic out of the network. A guest network is often restricted by the
performance of the Internet gateway so the tunnel terminator is rarely the
bottleneck. In addition, because it is a guest network and does not have access to
the rest of the network, policy enforcement is not as important as it would be for
employee traffic.

Finally, there is one far less common, but sometimes useful, method of segmenting
traffic; MAC firewall. A MAC firewall is like a MAC filter but instead of enforcing a
client MAC or “source MAC” it can also filter on “destination MAC”. This means that
at the Ethernet frame level traffic can be restricted to be sent to only a specific
destination MAC addresses, like the default gateway. This does not keep the traffic
off the network, but it does restrict where it can go. This can be useful for providing
wired and wireless client isolation or can be used to isolate traffic without using
VLANs or tunnels. This is often the only way to segment in environments that do not
have VLAN capable switches and where tunneling is infeasible.
Rogue Detection and WIDS
Wireless Intrusion Detection Systems or WIDS for short is probably one of the least
understood security capabilities in wireless. Part of the confusion arises because
wireless IDS capability is fundamentally different than a traditional wired IDS system.
A classic wired IDS looks for over-the-wire attacks at a choke point in the network
(between subnets, in front of servers, or at the Internet gateway). Often this means
looking into the packet payload for application layer attacks but it can also include
pattern recognition, honeypots and a host of other security measures. A wireless IDS
solution does not look deeply into the content of the data traversing the network.
Instead it observes the WiFi messages that clients and access points are sending in
the air, even if they are not connected to the enterprise wireless network. This
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enables a WIDS solution to observe the behavior of malicious APs and clients as well
as more benign (but still vulnerable) misconfigured or misbehaving clients and APS.

The most common vulnerabilities enterprises are concerned about are:

Rogue APs – Rogue AP is a generic term that can be used to describe any
out-of-compliance AP but in general people think of a rogue as an unsecured AP
put on the network either by an unknowing employee trying to get wireless access
or more frighteningly by an attacker trying to gain access to the corporate network
via wireless.

Ad-Hoc Clients - Ad-hoc mode is a capability of all wireless clients to
connect directly with any other client without accessing the access point
infrastructure. By themselves ad-hoc clients are not much of a threat, but in an
enterprise they create multiple risks. The most concerning is that a computer could
be connected to another computer over the ad-hoc connection at the same time
as they are on the wired network, giving an outside attacker access to the
corporate network via the ad-hoc connection.

Compliance – Ensuring that the APs that IT has installed fall within the
company standard of configuration. While this sort of misconfiguration is unlikely with
a modern Wi-Fi solution with central management, companies that have left over
autonomous APs will often have inconsistency in configuration that can reduce
performance or implement weak security that creates vulnerabilities for the
corporate network. Also there may be regulatory compliance that requires regular
checking of the infrastructure, whether there is a real risk or not.

Attacks on Client – There are many attacks that try to gain access to a
client laptop through their wireless interface, most of which involve luring clients to
connect to a malicious AP. There are ways of detecting these attacks with WIDS but
the best way to prevent this is through a good client management strategy.

DoS Detection and Prevention – Dealing with layer 1 and 2 denial of service
attacks on the AP infrastructure is often considered a WIDS function. Common
attacks are things like disassociation floods, ARP floods and other such attacks that
can bring down the wired or wireless infrastructure. In some cases the attacker is not
actually on the network which limits what the AP can do, except send an alarm, but
in other cases a user needs to be connected in order to initiate an attack. In those
cases the user can be banned from the network. DoS attacks from malicious users
are rare and often not that effective. More frequently detecting DoS attacks from a
client is an indicator that a authorized user has a virus or is running an unauthorized
Security Reporting and Security Event Management (SEM)
Monitoring and reporting is a critical piece of security overall. The ability to track,
report and respond to issues and violations to the security policy is critical to good
security. This provides assurance that your current policy is working and that the
network is secure.

1st party support should include:

Client Data – IP Address, Policy set, host name, user name
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Client Behavior - association times, applications accessed, roaming history and

Rogue APs and Clients


DoS Attacks

Firewall logs (if firewall is available)

3rd party Security Event Management systems such as Arcsight and Network
Forensics enable threat correlation and analysis by leveraging the wireless logs and
logs from other equipment in the network. This will often provide much more insight
into what is happening on the network than any 1
party solution.
Device Physical Security and Data Storage
There's been a debate as to the merits of thin versus fat APs when it comes to the
storage of secret information like RADIUS keys, pre-shared keys and other network
credentials. The traditional assumption is that because thin-APs don’t store anything
locally, the AP cannot be hacked to retrieve secure information. This is based out-of-
date assumption that thin APs don’t store secure information. Historically, thin APs
were not able to operate in a mesh, locally forward traffic, work in remote offices, or
mutually authenticate with the controller. However, over the years these features
have been added and these advancements have forced all vendors, thin and fat,
to store keys and configuration on APs. The belief that thin APs are architecturally
more secure because keys are not stored locally is a dated one, and worse can
give a false sense of security.

The ability to securely store keys on an AP is critical for any architecture and it is
important to work with a company that makes device security and storage security
a priority. The AP manufacturer must implement some form of secure key storage in
hardware. This usually means that the hardware must have a TPM (Trusted Platform
Module) or some similar hardware key storage. In reality very few WLAN
manufacturers implement a TPM chip on their APs thus risking critical enterprise
security keys during AP theft.
The final topic of discussion is Compliance. For many industries there are compliance
requirements for data-security. Common examples include PCI (for credit card
transactions), HIPAA (for medical data and records), SOX (for corporate financial
reporting) and others. Many times the configurations required for compliance go
beyond what is required by an enterprise for WLAN security, and requires that the
entire system (wired LAN, wireless LAN, WAN, client, etc) is compliant as a whole.
When looking at an enterprise WiFi solution it is important that a flexible solution
capable of meeting all of the security requirements for compliance is selected.

Regardless of the compliance governing body, there are several universal
requirements. They are as follows:

Data privacy through strong encryption and authentication
Data segmentation and access control in the AP and as it traverses the
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Comprehensive reporting and monitoring to ensure ongoing compliance

These requirements are broad in scope and require an end-to-end security solution
to fully deliver upon them.
The Aerohive Advantage
Aerohive’s unique approach to wireless LAN architectures eliminates controllers and
enables customers to forward traffic at the edge to optimize traffic performance as
well as network resiliency and load. Aerohive’s solution provides these advantages
while maintaining a strong security posture because comprehensive security
enforcement is performed right at the edge of the network – where the wireless users
first get access to LAN. Many companies have segmentation and firewall policies
that must be applied when the wireless traffic bridges to the local network. This is
especially true for companies with regulatory compliance concerns like PCI.
Aerohive’s implementation provides full policy enforcement at the edge of the
network, enabling secure local forwarding.

Aerohive APs are built to be secure. Every feature within the product goes through
a thorough internal examination to help eliminate vulnerabilities during design, and
then during QA is scanned for vulnerabilities. Aerohive also contracts 3
security firms to perform penetration tests to ensure device security. When
vulnerabilities are found they are fixed with the highest priority. Aerohive has a policy
of public disclosure of security vulnerabilities that includes a security alert system to
notify customers as quickly as possible of vulnerabilities and steps to eliminate the

In addition to building secure products, Aerohive offers a rich set of security features

Wireless Privacy – Full support for 802.11i, WPA and WPA2

Authentication – Strong authentication using 802.1X with RADIUS, Active Directory or
OpenLDAP. Captive Web Portal authentication and MAC authentication. In
addition Aerohive offers the unique Private PSK feature to add enterprise class
security and management to pre-schared keys.

Client Management and NAC – Interoperability with all major client management,
NAC and inline security solutions within the enterprise.

Identity Based Access Control – In-line policy enforcement with strong role-based
stateful inspection firewall and access control.

Network Firewall and Intrusion Detection and Protection – Segmentation of traffic
based upon user role and stance without breaking the existing wired IPS and firewall
systems in place. In fact Aerohive recommends leveraging those resources to
improve the security of the wireless traffic.

Rogue Detection and WIDS – Wireless DoS detection and prevention and wireless IDS
for rogue detection and compliance monitoring.

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Security Reporting and Security Event Management (SEM) – complete wireless
reporting within HiveManager and support for third party event management.

Device Physical Security and Data Storage – Strong device security including a TPM
chip for secure key and configuration storage and physical locking mechanisms to
deter theft.

Compliance – Solutions for being deployed in HIPAA, SOX and PCI compliant
networks among others.

Aerohive's ability to offer secure wireless access is based on an end-to-end
approach that has been built from the beginning rather than as an afterthought.
Not only has Aerohive implemented a comprehensive set of security features, but
Aerohive’s architecture also has been designed to take advantage of other security
systems in place within an enterprise to ensure consistent security policy for users
whether they are wired or connected wirelessly. Through an end-to-end approach
Aerohive has delivered a comprehensive and market leading security solution to
deliver a wireless network that is not only capable of securing wireless access but,
itself, is secure.

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About Aerohive
Aerohive Networks reduces the cost and complexity of today’s networks with
cloud-enabled, distributed Wi-Fi and routing solutions for enterprises and medium
sized companies including branch offices and teleworkers. Aerohive’s award-
winning cooperative control Wi-Fi architecture, public or private cloud-enabled
network management, routing and VPN solutions eliminate costly controllers and
single points of failure. This gives its customers mission critical reliability with
granular security and policy enforcement and the ability to start small and
expand without limitations. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered
in Sunnyvale, Calif. The company’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Northern Light Venture Capital and New
Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA).

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